I never read anything by Irving before and after listening to this book I will listen to everything he has written. It's an outstanding book with great characters, narrated beautifully and one of those books you just can't put down. Owen Meany is one of the best single characters of all the novels I have ever listened. If I could have given this book 6 stars I would have.
First of all, "where is Dick Hill"? This narrator does a decent job but I purchased this book being it was next in line from a series I have listened to and enjoyed, in large part to Dick Hill's narration. I never looked at the narrator, wrongfully assuming it would be Hill. Oh Well... The story itself was OK but nowhere close to previous books in the series. Hoping the next in the series returns to form.
I love DeMille's writing style and the main characters of all his books. This book has all the requisite parts of a good mystery/thriller. Good guy vs Bad guy, twists and turns, throw in a love interest and top if off with John Corey's wise ass brand of humor and unwavering moral compass and I will keep coming back for more.
I liked the book, just not as much as Coes first effort, Power Down. I like the main character (think Mitch Rapp or Jack Reacher if you listen to this genre); but felt he was a bit less gritty in this book vs the first in the series. Secondly, the first book did a nice job of providing insight to an industry I knew little about (the energy industry) and I like when books are well researched and informative. This book didn't attempt to weave any historically accurate or real modern day politics into the story; which in itself is fine but it is something I appreciate. All in all enjoyable but if there is a third book in the series I hope it is closer to Power Down than Coup D'Etat.
The story isn't all that bad but in the hundreds of audiobooks I have listened to I never heard one narrated like this one. There is no narrator listed and it sounds as if computer generated voices were used to narrate this book. The editing is horrible and a credit should not be wasted on this book.
Pat Conroy is simply one of the greatest storytellers I have ever listened to. He is able to make you feel every emotion his characters are feeling. You celebrate their victories, mourn their losses and miss them when the book is complete.
Having seen the ads for the movie I really never expected this story to pull me in as quickly as it did. Pat Conroy is by far one of the best storytellers I have had the pleasure to listen to. Frank Muller reads this story as if it was written for his voice. This book is powerful, sad, and funny all wrapped into one and I hated for it to end.
I was looking forward to this book as I enjoyed the previous three by this author. Dick Hill as always read this perfectly; that said, this book really never went anywhere or ever explained some of the earlier mysteries in the book. Also, I'm not sure if others had this problem but near the end of the book on at least two occasions there was a "dead spot" in the recording that lacked sound for at least 5 seconds or so. Not a huge issue but annoying. Overall, just not all that good.
Although it's a bit slow at times it is also chilling and gut wrenching at others. If this is only 10% accurate, and I fear it is closer to 99% accurate, it is a wonder how any soldier came home with their mental faculties in order. Personally I don't have a strong grasp of military vernacular so from time to time I was a bit lost in relation to wether a platoon is larger than a battalion or a company but it's a minor point and did not take away from the amazing vivid picture painted by the author. I listen to approximately two books per week and this is the first time I have heard anything narrated by Bronson Pinchot; suffice to say, he did an outstanding job. I would very much like to hear him narrate more often.
I listen to mysteries and thrillers primarily and normally prefer male narrators. This bood was neither and and still one of the best books I have listened to this year. Terrific story, great characters, brilliantly narrated and worth every minute I spent listening. DO NOT shy away from this book if it is not your usual genre, listen and enjoy.
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